April 4, 2017
Written by HRH2030
In many ways, a fully functioning health workforce drives the well-being of communities, regions, and entire countries. Policy-makers at the national level can use reliable data to make decisions about where and what type of health workers are needed based on population health needs. A facility with health workers trained to deliver a variety of services can seamlessly integrate maternal and child healthcare, family planning, and HIV services for its patients. A fully-staffed clinic in a remote village can serve as a critical line of defense against the spread of infectious disease.
In low- and middle-income countries weak health systems pose serious challenges for health workers and, by extension, the overall health of the population. Building strong health systems designed to support an optimized health workforce will move us closer to achievement of global health goals, such as ending preventable maternal and child deaths, FP2020, an AIDS-free generation, and protecting communities from infectious diseases.
In honor of World Health Worker Week 2017, HRH2030 project directors explore some of the human resources for health (HRH) obstacles that impede access to quality health care and discuss solutions.